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The article Supporting Newcomer Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence and Their Children: Insights from Service Providers has been published in Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work. This article reports findings from focus groups with service providers from newcomer-serving and domestic violence agencies in Saskatchewan. Read the journal article here. Read the text version of the article here.
Findings in this article include newcomer survivors’ experiences of isolation, the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on newcomer children, and challenges and opportunities for supporting newcomer women who have experienced IPV. Service providers described gaps in existing services and the need for additional services; they also described ways of working effectively with newcomer women survivors of IPV and their children. Professionals indicated the importance of a trauma-and-violence-informed, survivor-centered approach and highlighted the need for compassion, empathy, and patience when working with newcomer women who have experienced IPV. This article includes recommendations for service providers, including IPV shelters and services and newcomer-serving agencies, to improve service to newcomer survivors.